Jerry Nelson reported dead
Jerry Nelson had one of the most imitated voices on television…and it was, itself, an imitation.
You’ve probably done it yourself:
“One…ah, ha, ha, ha…two…ah, ha, ha, ha”
Yes, Jerry, an integral part of the Muppet team, was the voice of “Count von Count”.
You can see how that slow voice could trace a path to the laid back bassist Floyd Pepper in Dr. Teeth’s band, the Electric Mayhem.
However, Nelson also voiced young characters. I particularly remember Robin the Frog in the Muppet version of the Frog Prince (“The call me Sir Robin, the Brave…”). The legions of Fraggle Rock fans, though, may first think of Gobo, a chance for Jerry Nelson to really take the lead.
Oh, and we can’t forget Snuffleupagus!
While there were a number of Muppet voices, oddly, one of the few face (onscreen) acting jobs for Jerry Nelson was in Robocop 2.
Good-bye, Jerry Nelson…childhood won’t sound the same without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.